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Continental Thrace is a long and flat piece of land located by the northern part of the Aegean sea. On the western part the region starts getting steeper as it gets closer to the Rodopi mountains that divide this region from Bulgaria, Turkey and the rest of Greece.
In the eastern part of Thrace you will find the valley of the river Evros. In the western part there are the peninsulas of Gallipoli and Dardanelli. There isn’t a lot of tourism in this part of Greece and most people here live off agriculture. There are only 6 cities in this region and the port and traffic center of Alexandroupoli are by far the most crowded.
Many villages are isolated while others (especially those in the Evros valley and along the main roads) are well connected to the main cities. There aren’t many vibrant cities, lovely beaches, wonderful landscapes, historical sites, monuments or museums (except from the archeological museum of Komotini and a few others).
Despite all of this you will find a relaxing atmosphere, friendly people and a mix of Greeks, Turks and foreign visitors. This region has also kept many traditions that have been lost in other parts of Greece like dancing to traditional Greek music and parties for celebrating saints that aren’t celebrated in other areas.
What to see in Thrace
If you are planning to visit the old monuments and ruins that can be found throughout Makedonia and Thrace we recommend you choose some specific sites before your arrival as many of them are located in completely opposite locations in these regions.
The prehistorical archeological site of Sitagroi and Aggitis (or Maaras) cave are located in the Drama plain, then there is Dikili Tash (also known as Orthopetra) near Filippoi (Kavala), the tomb of Paradimi, Maroneia and In-Dere cave in Strymi (Rodopi), the prehistoric tomb of Makri at Evros, the old acropolis of Aghios Georgios in Petrota and the open air cememtery and sanctuary close to Roussa (Evros).
These are some of the most important historical sites of the world and inside them many remains dating back to the Neolithic period were found. If you love nature and taking part in long walks there are many paths and routes to follow in this region. During your walks you will cross mountains, woods and hills while admiring the many animals and birds that call this part of Greece home. The best place if you want to observe some wildlife is the national park of Evros’ Delta.